Brazil is the latest country to identify a new coronavirus variant. The UK has banned all travel from South America, amid fears of importing new infections. In Manau, Brazil’s largest Amazonian city, a critical oxygen shortage has left health officials asking for help.
In South America's biggest country, a populist president has taken an ideological stand against help from Beijing in ending the pandemic. But Brazilian scientists want to put public health and science over politics.
The tit-for-tat between China and Australia continues to worsen, as the two countries accuse each other of grievous offenses. Climate activists have taken Royal Dutch Shell to court in The Hague. And, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has reached a 12-year high, according to the country’s National Institute for Space Research.
The Trump administration is currently considering a plan to lift US travel restrictions on visitors from 28 European countries and Brazil. The four countries of the UK have agreed to relax coronavirus restrictions for Christmas. And, in Central America, millions of people remain severely affected by a one-two punch of tropical cyclones.
Protests erupted across Brazil last week after a Black man was brutally murdered by two white supermarket security guards. The murder is only the latest case of racist violence in Brazil, which is fueling Black Lives Matter activism across the country.
Brazilians voted in local elections in more than 5,500 municipalities across the country on Sunday. It was another big loss for President Jair Bolsonaro, coming on the heels of the electoral defeat of his top ally, US President Donald Trump.
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